One Fountain County student has been named recipient of a full tuition four-year scholarship as the Western Indiana Community Foundation 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Fountain County.
Gabrielle Story will receive full tuition to the Indiana private college or public university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Ms. Story, of Attica High School, has plans to study dental hygiene or labor and delivery nursing. At the beginning of her senior year, Gabrielle ranked #4 in her graduating class with a 3.71 GPA.
Gabrielle has served in various roles with the Student Council including president, secretary and treasurer. She is also a member in good standing with the National Honor Society. She has participated in volleyball and drama club and has found time to volunteer with the Paws-n-Claws Animal Shelter, the Attica Food Pantry (ASK) and the Parkview Nursing Home.
One of Ms. Story’s references wrote, “She shows tremendous creativity, originality, and leadership in her work. Gabrielle has been dedicated and driven, putting the needs of her classmates above her own. She has served as the president of her class since 7th grade.” Another said, “She has been a model employee for our company. Gabby is a hard worker and leads by example and has displayed dignity and class in all her efforts.”
Ms. Story is the daughter of Delbert and RoseAnn Story of Attica.
Thirty-five Fountain County students applied for this year’s Lilly Scholarship. The first phase of the selection process included the high school faculty of each school recommending up to six applicants from their school to be considered by the local scholarship committee representing the same school district.
The second phase included each scholarship committee reviewing the applications and interviewing each applicant. Two nominees from each school are selected based on consensus.
The third phase of the selection process included each of the two nominees from each school being interviewed by the scholarship committees representing the two other school districts. Each committee member independently scores each applicant in six categories including academic performance, school activities and work, volunteerism, financial need, letters of reference and a personal interview with each committee member.
Following the final scoring, one nominee and two alternates were forwarded to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final selection of the Western Indiana Community Foundation’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.
There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.